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Yama Tabletop 5 Cup Vacpot Coffee Vacuum Pot
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For detailed brewing instructions check out our siphon brewing guide.

  • 20-ounce (~600-milliliter) capacity
  • For use with denatured alcohol (included) or butane burner (purchased separately)
  • Extra cloth filters available

Includes complete siphon set: lid, upper chamber, filter assembly, cloth filter, lower chamber, stand, denatured alcohol burner, and coffee scoop/stirrer. Does not include denatured alcohol.

Manufacturer: Yama
Model: TCA-5D
List Price: $110
Depth: 6"
Width: 4.5"
Height: 16.5"
Weight: 3 lbs.


Yama has specialized in hand-blown glass brewing equipment since 1978 and they've become known for their coffee siphons and cold brew towers. The siphon brewer utilizes a heat source to boil water and push it into an upper brewing chamber, then sucks the coffee down through a cloth filter and back into the bottom chamber. Hands down, it's the most involved and captivating way of making coffee. Similar to the siphon, Yama's cold coffee dripper looks more like lab equipment than a coffee maker. It uses a slow dripping process to brew a strong concoction of coffee that's destined to be served over ice.
Yama Coffee Vacpot 5 Cup Tabletop Siphon/Syphon is rated 4.947368421052632 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and amazing coffee I was introduced to siphon brewing through a friend, and I fell in love with the elegance and simplicity of the brewing system. I wish they had a bit more clear instructions within the box, but examples of siphon brewing are readily available online(mind you not to let the water get much hotter than 202 degrees for risk of burning the beans). Another important thing: many videos I watched showed putting the hot top glass flask into the plastic holder. I chipped the siphon tube of my cylinder by doing that. Make sure to first remove the spring loaded filter clip from the tube, and then you can let it sit in the plastic flask holder. Happy brewing!
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taking good care of product and customer I received the order on time. The package was well protected. The shipping is very fast. Great service!
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 Cup Yama Siphon Brewer is 2 Mugs of HOTNESS! When I demonstrated this brewer for my coworkers, they were convinced I was trying to cook an industrial dose of meth, especially when they saw the butane burner. But after smelling, and TASTING, the coffee...they were ready to admit this was one addiction they could sanction. PROTIP: Remove the little foil product sticker on the bottom globe before lighting your butane or alcohol burner...then you won't have to scrape bubbly goo off where the label was!
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good size for most purposes This 5 cup size is a really good size for almost any brewing need. The glass does feel a bit thin if you are used to the thicker Pyrex type of borosilicate glass. That being said the 1st one of these that I ordered came in 50 pieces. (Prima made it right quickly however) so you do need to be a bit cautious with handling it. Try twisting AND rocking the top part back and forth to remove it from the boiling flask underneath once your coffee is brewed. I have come to really love the ease of this model. once you brew this way it is difficult not to want to always use it!
Date published: 2016-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love! if you love coffee (no folgers) you need on of these. Not only is it fun but it makes a killer cup of joe! When you take your time and measure out everything and time it you can't mess up. Everyone I've made a cup for is intrigued while I'm making it and wants to buy one after drinking their cup! I also purchased the metal filter for the siphon but prefer the cloth taste so much better. I love my siphon and Pima has awesome customer service and quick shipping makes me a returning customer for sure!
Date published: 2016-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just wonderful I bought this unit with the burner middle of last month. Not only do I look forward to making coffee every morning, but the taste is so much better than a coffee machine. The glass is handmade and requires you to a bit gentle with the unit. Prima backs up their great products with great customer support as well. Prima has won me over with their great customer service, product line, and price might I add. You can be sure I will be buying more products from here in the future.
Date published: 2015-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well made I had wanted a siphon brewer for a while now and settled on the Yama because it looked to be the best for the price So far, I love it. It is built very well and does not feel cheap or flimsy. It is beautiful when in use and when just sitting empty on the counter, definitely a conversation piece. The coffee it makes is also some of the best I have ever made, a heavy mouth-feel like a french press but silky and without grit. I would recommend getting the butane burner made by Yama, as the alcohol burner takes longer to push the water up into the top chamber and is no where near as visually appealing. Be careful when taking off the cloth filter to store it for further use, I broke the draw string on my first filter making it hard to reattach the filer for a second brew. All in all I am very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from big kid science kit Remember those cool rock cleaning science kits from the early 90's. This is like the big kid version of it. It takes some work and skill, but the end result makes you pretty proud of yourself. Great aesthetic, and seems to be of high quality. I definitely recommend this for coffee geeks who want something a little more intricate than a pour over, but not too time consuming. Also, coffee is brewed to where you don't really need to add cream or sugar.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun and delicious This was a Birthday present for my husband. We were familiar with syphon brewing from an old Cory syphon that had been my grandparents. Unfortunately, a piece was broken. I searched and found this one. So far my husband loves it. He says it makes the best coffee. Also doesn't leave grounds like the old one. I don't even drink coffee myself, but it's so much fun to use I'm offering to make him some all hours of the day!
Date published: 2015-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coffee Chemisty! I bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas, he is a very talented barista and he has really enjoyed this brewing method. The siphon produces a very smooth cup. Working with an alcohol burner is difficult until you get the hang of it, if you don't have time or patience to find a sweet spot with it, its best to get a butane burner.
Date published: 2015-12-29
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What is the least amount of cups you can brew in your 5 cup siphon coffee maker?

Asked by: Anthonyp157
For my use, the siphon yields approx. two good 8 oz cups (and maybe a half) of coffee. It is my understanding that it's not recommended to go below the full amount due to possibility of stalling.
Answered by: William
Date published: 2016-01-23

Hi! What parts, if any are dishwasher safe and does that include the separate metal filter? Thanks!

Asked by: Wrz0170
Both glass pieces technically are dishwasher friendly however I would recommend hand washing them after use. Glass is fragile and would hate if it got bumped or scratched in dishwasher. Metal filter can go through dishwasher but this is another item that can be cleaned by rinsing it off after you have used it. I make coffee daily so hand washing ensures that its ready for use immediatly.
Answered by: jspang
Date published: 2016-01-06

I saw that it was said that this can be used on a gas stove instead of with a butane burner? It said yes, just remove the metal grate. What exactly does this mean? What are all the modifications that would be required to use this on a stove? Thanks!

Asked by: Linda246
That's about it, actually. If you have a gas stove with a removable metal grate you can place the siphon directly over the flame - No modifications necessary.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-01-08

why was the THA 3 d discontinued?

Asked by: chris2758
We're not sure! We wish it'd come back, too.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-12-30

Where can I find a replacement screen for this machine?

Asked by: ScottyBobby123
If you're looking for a metal filter you can type "FTL-F" in the Prima search box. If you need a new cloth filter type "CP-1". If you need an entire replacement filter assembly please email us at and we'll special order one for you.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-08-04

Can you place the stand over a gas stove instead of using a separate burner underneath?

Asked by: hannah
Sure can! You'll just need to remove the metal grate.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-04-08

Can you youse this product with loose leaf tea?

Asked by: Jim1
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-03-27

After brewing, does the unit have to be dismantled in order to pour a cup of coffee?

Asked by: dibs
Hello. That's correct. You'l need to separate the top chamber from the bottom bowl, then use the bottom bowl as a carafe.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-01-30

The model TCA-3D is still available? I Have broken the upper glass bowl, can I get a replacement?

Asked by: Cecil
Hello. Unfortunately, TCA-3D siphons have been discontinued and we are unable to order replacement pieces.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-01-27
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